Review: ‘PUZZLE’ allows one woman to solve the enigma of herself.

PUZZLE is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.

Kelly Macdonald gives a quietly passionate performance as Agnes, a woman whose personal growth is a joy to behold, a woman longing to be seen and understood. It is a role that will undoubtedly resonate with so many. Macdonald’s isolation is palpable.  Irrfan Khan has an effortless charm that captures the viewer. As Robert, he is a lonely genius. He, too, desires human connection. His performance is smart and tragic all at once.
Oftentimes, mothers lose their own identities tending to the needs of their families. Balancing loved ones and household management consumes who we once were and who we truly long to be. It is easy to get stuck in an endless cycle of chores and other people’s feelings. If you’re lucky enough to give yourself a voice, therein lies your truth. The film is not ultimately about puzzles, but they are a brilliant metaphor for relationships and the enigmatic ways of people. Puzzle illustrates the idea of not fitting into your expected place.

In Theaters July 27th!

Starring Kelly Macdonald (Golden Globe nominee for “Boardwalk Empire”, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, GOSFORD PARK), Irrfan Khan (THE LUNCHBOX, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, LIFE OF PI, David Denman (“The Office”, 13 HOURS), Bubba WeilerAustin Abrams

Directed by Marc Turtletaub (producer, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE)

Written by Oren Moverman (Oscar nominee for Best Writing, Original Screenplay, THE MESSENGER)

Music by Dustin O’Halloran (Oscar nominee for Original Score, LION)

New Trailer for ‘Paper Towns’ Released


20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for the upcoming teen drama Paper Towns which you can view below!

The movie, based on the young adult novel by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin (Nat Wolff) and his enigmatic neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne), who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love.

Directed by Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank), the film also stars Austin Abrams (The Kings of Summer), Halston Sage (Neighbors) and Justice Smith (“The Thundermans”). The screenplay was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

Paper Towns opens in theaters on July 24.